The Traditions of Golf Invitational at Glen Arbor Golf Club in Bedford Hills, N.Y. was held recently and hosted by Brian Crowell, PGA Head Golf Professional. The purpose of the annual invitational is to honor a person who has made outstanding contributions to the game of golf.
This year's award recipient was Dottie Pepper, 17-time Ladies PGA Tour player and winner of two major titles. Pepper is Independent Director of the PGA of America, an award-winning broadcaster and a children's book author, according to Cybergolf.com.
Her bio includes being named 1992 Golf Writers Association of America Female Player of the Year, 1993 ESPY Award winner as Outstanding Women’s Golf Performer of the Year, being recognized in 2000 as one of the LPGA’s top 50 players and teachers, Kiwanis Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award and many more. She is currently a golf reporter, analyst and writer for ESPN and an independent board member of the PGA of America.
The first Traditions of Golf Invitational was held in 2009 and Gary Player was the honoree. Others honorees include Dennis Watson, a handicapped trick-shot artist and motivational speaker, New York Times sports columnist Dave Anderson, Jay Mottola, executive director of the Metropolitan Golf Association, and broadcaster Jimmy Roberts.